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Old 06-24-2019, 04:51:05 PM
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Hello all
Yep, great new category Harry.
As well as old engines, machinery and cars, we also collect old sewing machines and items related to sewing machines.
It all started when Mrs Scotty said she needed a new sewing machine. The old (80's) Singer was buggered she said. We looked at new machines and they all looked...well...crappy. So out to the shed I went because I remembered an old Singer I put there last century. It had the domed ply timber cover and covered in dust. For some reason I even wired the key to get into it onto the handle. So down to the dining room table it went to get the dust off it. When I opened it I had forgotten that it was a crank handle sewing machine. I thought it was an electric one and you used your thigh to control the speed via a lever.
Anyways I oiled her up and away she went. Good as new. I won't go into the story when Mrs Scotty got home from work but I'll just say it wasn't the reaction I was expecting.
She's a Singer 15K from either 1916 or 1926. I can't remember which (the sewing machine, not Mrs Scotty). Sadly we have at least 30 operational machines and who knows how many parts machines now.
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My wife's aunt worked in a dress factory most of her working life, when the place closed down and she also retired at that time, she bought her work station commercial machine. I think it's a Singer, real heavy duty and on a large table top cabinet. When my wife and I got married the in-laws insisted we buy a new machine for our own use. Spent several hundred for a nice one, it's been used about 3 times in the last 42 years! My mother had a Elna and a Adler machines when we were growing up. She used them a lot as with 5 kids going thru jeans and other wear and tear, there was always patching, and alterations for the girls as well. Don't know what became of them but I think the girls might have them.
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if i am not mistaken my grandmothers was exactly the same as yours scotty, but hers was electric. looks like the only difference between hers and yours was the drive wheel was made for a belt to run it and a small motor, other than that they look identical! how about a picture of the round top cover and the key? I bet they are the same too! never seen a crank handle singer before, but have seen the foot powered ones.
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how about a picture of the round top cover and the key? I bet they are the same too!
Back to the shed I go then. I like going to the shed. I find something 'new' nearly every time.
Give me a day or 3 as I'm away for a couple.

One thing about fixing sewing machines is you learn how to time things. If you can time a sewing machine, there's a good chance you can time anything. Who-ever designs these mechanical marvels is a hero in my books.

Another thing I have noticed when researching some of these older machines is that some of them have a cult following. Some sewing machines are like old classic vehicles. They're worth many times more money now then when they were new. Some of the Bernina's (830 record to name one) and likes of the Elna Lotus, which we've found at the tip, are such examples.
Needless to say Mrs Scotty hasn't got a new Singer.

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Old 06-25-2019, 11:01:20 PM
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no worries, when you get time. I understand.
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Old 06-26-2019, 10:30:34 PM
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i think i have two no name machines i kept just because they were cool looking. it may take me a few days, weeks as well to get to them. they both had the cool/ old factor that kept them from going to the dumpster. we had a on site dumpster rented and had to have another when we were cleaning out my wifes homeplace, not so much a dumpster as a rolloff! 13 tons of stuff left here using my small dozer as a compactor inside the rolloff!

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I have an 1890s Singer 29-4 leather patching machine and a White treadle machine for light stuff. The 29-4 really comes in handy for the heavy duty stuff.
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Here's my old machine, aj261843 dated 1948. still works perfectly, was tuned up in the late 60s , before I was born....... has been working excellent since.... hemed up the curtains for the living room a few weeks ago....
By the way.. Im the one that uses the old singer not the wife... she won't even sow grass seed.... go figure.
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My wife has collected and re-sold several of the little Singer Featherweight machines. They are a portable and cme in a black hard case. She and my Daughter bought a rare 220 volt Australian machine. She cleaned it up and tuned it and resold it for a small profit. https://singer-featherweight.com/blo...-featherweight
My Paternal Grandmother was a wonderful seamstress. I remember as a young kid of about 12, she made me and my 3 other brothers Pendleton like long sleeve shirts.
She had a commercial Singer tailoring machine made in the late teens or early 20's. It had a large motor that ran all the time and a knee presser foot that when she moved her knee sideways, it tightened the belt and worked like a clutch. The motor had quite a flywheel to it as she could turn off the power to the motor and keep sewing for another minute or two.
I still have a couple of corduroy jackets that she made for my Dad when he was in High School (around 1936) She made these jackets and many other pieces of apparel WITHOUT patterns!
Unfortunately the machine got scooped up by my Aunt and I'm sure it got destroyed.
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I've get a COMMON SENSE FAMILY SEWING MACHINE that was in the family since it was purchased in 1868. I can't find a thing online for this particular model. I had a buddy with vintage sewing machine friends look into it too and they couldn't come with anything either. I did buy some literature from the Smithsonian but it's not for the particular model. I would love to know a little bit about the machine.

It's about 6 inches from the hook bottom to the top of the wheel and about 6 1/2 inches long
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My wife sets up her crank machine at engine shows we go to. Keeps her out of my hair and you'd be surprised at the number of women gathered to watch. She makes little things and gives the away. Kids love it too, many never seen a sewing machine, even a modern one. I guess it could be classed as an engine, and they're way older than most engines at the rally!
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There is a lady that displays several antique sewing machines at Illiana show at Rainsville, Indiana

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Interesting "thread" ! Attached is a photo of my grandmother's machine.It's a Raymond Brothers from Guelph,Ontario.The owner's manual is dated 1902 and it is still fully equipped with all the bells and whistles.It just needs a belt to run.
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I too have an old treadle, an 1893 Domestic. Another nice well made old "machine".
For info on old sewing machines, there is a very good discussion forum... ISMACS Digest.

Ashton , I'll bet someone there can identify your machine.

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I too have an old treadle, an 1893 Domestic. Another nice well made old "machine".
For info on old sewing machines, there is a very good discussion forum... ISMACS Digest.

Ashton , I'll bet someone there can identify your machine.

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Thanks, I'll check it out.
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